US prosecutors argued in court papers that Ayala, 46 acted as executioner, and had the experience and maturity to curb any desire for instant revenge. “Given his background and experience, Ayala not only must have known better than to execute Salam, he should have been able to control himself,” wrote prosecutor Michael Rich.Really...?
Minutes before he was shot, Salam — posing as an unthreatening Afghan citizen — had been chatting with Loyd about the price of fuel. Suddenly, he threw a bucket of petrol on her and set her on fire.Frankly, Salam got off lightly...
Soldiers dragged Loyd, 36, to a sewage-filled drainage ditch to put out the flames. It took three men, including Ayala, to subdue and handcuff Salam. The Taleban later claimed responsibility for the attack.
When others told Ayala how badly Loyd was injured, he put a 9mm pistol to Salam’s head and pulled the trigger. Salam died instantly. Loyd’s death was far longer and more painful. With second and third-degree burns covering 60 per cent of her body, she clung to life for two months before finally dying on January 7 at Brooke Army Medical Centre in San Antonio.